- New market complex with 1142 stalls to be opened mid-2020
Prime Minister and Minister of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Mahinda Rajapaksa has advised the Urban Development Authority to expedite constructions of the vegetable wholesale and retail market complex of Peliyagoda (Manning Market) and hand over it to the public.
The constructions of this Manning Market have been expedited now, and UDA expects to complete constructions and hand over this project to the public in the middle of this year
The fish wholesale market was shifted to Peliyagoda by the Government before 2015, as per the instructions and guidance of former Secretary of the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development and current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, with the aims of reducing high traffic jam in Colombo city, and enhancing the convenience of the people.
The preliminary plan to shift Colombo vegetable market (Manning Market) to Peliyagoda was also made as per the instructions of the former Secretary of the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development when the fish market was shifted to Peliyagoda.
According to that preliminary plan, the construction of the new Manning Market complex began in 2016. After completion, the new Manning Market Complex will be a fully-fledged wholesale market complex, covering 15 acres.
This new Manning Market Complex will consist 1142 stalls, more vehicle parking facilities, restrooms for workers, medical centres, banks, cafeterias, cool room facilities, and many other facilities as distinctive privileges.
Construction is proceeding as per the advices of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and under the supervision of Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama, Urban Development Authority Chairman Harshan De Silva, and Urban Development Authority Director General Prasad Ranaweera.
Urban Development Authority Project Director Thushari Thilakarathne said that this new Manning Market Complex provides more facilities to both sellers and consumers.
All construction and architectural designs of Peliyagoda Manning Market Complex are done by the Engineers and Architects of Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau.
Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau Project Manager Rangana Jinadasa said that they are designing this Manning Market Complex as satisfying requirements of both sellers and consumers.